Exclusive Interview: How Technology is Making Work Manageable But Risking Employees Health

 In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the country are working from home at unprecedented levels. Although remote work has been on the rise for some time now, up until the pandemic, the trend was relatively low. COVID-19 changed all of that as states enacted stay-at-home orders, and companies moved to telework to help slow the spread of the virus. We held an interview with Mark Muoki, The Talent hunter and Hiring manager in East Africa for Lapaire Group, who says that the majority of hiring managers plan…

Lapaire Group Launch New Campaign To Champion Eye Care for School Going Children

Reading, writing, chalkboard work and using computers are among the visual tasks pupils and students perform daily while at school. A child’s eyes are constantly in use in the classroom and at play. When one’s vision is not functioning properly due to refraction errors such as myopia, astigmatism or presbitia for instance, both education and sports activities may suffer. As children are set to resume school this Month, it is safe to say that all of them will want to progress successfully throughout their education therefore demands on their visual…

Ole Lenku’s Rolls Out Revolutionary NHIF Registration Drive

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has called on county governments to emulate the tactic being used by Kajiado governor Josesp Ole Lenku to mobilise more people to register for NHIF. The governor on Tuesday unveiled a programme that targets goat farmers and the aim is to have them offer one goat in exchange for enhanced NHIF registration. The program is dubbed Mbuzi Moja Afya bora initiative and targets to have over 17,000 families covered. The Maasai community in Kajiado and Narok counties are known for their ability to rear goats…

Lapaire in Expansion Drive to Challenge Africa’s Eye Problems

  Eyecare In developing countries like Kenya, and many other African states remain one of the underfunded health sectors making it very expensive to access treatment.   However there has still been hope as private hospitals and clinics have stepped up and innovated to keep up with the pace and change of the revolving health demands and needs.   When Covid-19 struck in Kenya nearly all sectors received a beating as homes changed to workplaces and computers became the norm.   Nonetheless one sector that gained a lot of mileage…

How Technology Will Change Fertility in Africa

By Philip Gacheru, Director of Operations, Fertility Point Kenya In Kenya, the birth rates have dipped to an all-time low in the past decade. In 2021, the birth rate in the country was 27.976 births per 1000 people, a 1.1 per cent decline from 2020. More than anything else, this is reflective of a timing shift, with more that first-time mothers giving birth in their 30s or 40s rather than in their 20s or teens. This timing shift is driving demand for fertility treatment such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), IUI…

Research: Kenyans choosing Traditional Oral Products with higher health risks

A research group from the University of Nairobi’s Faculty of Medicine, has found that that Kenya are choosing unregulated and potentially dangerous tobacco and traditional oral stimulants, despite safer alternatives being available on the market.   A new report titled “Review of the risks and toxicants of smokeless tobacco, areca nut and khat products available in Kenya” is a first major analysis of the health risks of traditional tobacco and oral stimulants available in Kenya.   The research compares the risk profile of traditional tobacco and different oral stimulants used…

HENNET, Smile Train Urge Govt to Included Cleft in UHC

Health Nongovernmental Organizations Network (HENNET) and Global Cleft Charity Group Smile Train now wants the government to include persons born with cleft lip and palate in the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) programme. UHC means that all citizens can access promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health care services they need and of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship (WHO). The target is that by the end of 2022, Kenyans can access affordable health care…

Resilient Health Systems Key for Cardiovascular Disease Management-Experts

AstraZeneca’s Healthy Heart Africa programme, the Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) and other stakeholders have emphasized the need to build resilient health systems in order to address the rising burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and achieve universal health coverage in Africa. This discussion took place during the ongoing 15th PASCAR and KCS Congress 2021 in Mombasa. The stakeholders highlighted disease prevention and treatment, the need to focus on primary healthcare, and partnerships as key strategies to build resilient health systems. Cardiovascular diseases are non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the leading cause…

Building resilient health systems is key for cardiovascular disease prevention, control and management

 Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally. Building sustainable health systems will improve access to healthcare services. AstraZeneca’s Healthy Heart Africa programme, the Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) and other stakeholders have emphasized the need to build resilient health systems in order to address the rising burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and achieve universal health coverage in Africa. This discussion took place during the ongoing 15th PASCAR and KCS Congress 2021 in Mombasa. The stakeholders highlighted disease prevention and treatment, the need to focus on primary healthcare, and…

Telemedicine provider, HealthX makes entry in Kenyan market

HealthX, a fully equipped, and virtual medical facility has launched its services in Kenya consolidating gains made in healthcare innovations and technologies in the past years. The healthcare provider will utilize digital platforms to provide next generation telemedicine and telemonitoring services, giving all Kenyans access to high quality healthcare at an affordable cost. Through the integrated telehealth platform, patients will have 24/7 access to qualified and licensed healthcare professionals with extensive experience in primary healthcare and patient management who are permanently employed by HealthX. The services will be offered on a…